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Misson Statement

To Provide a holistic approach to self-sufficiency to individuals in our underserved communities by utilizing our available resources and networking with others to meet the needs of our programs participants. 

Sistas of the Hood is a 501(c)(3) under federal tax guidelines.

In good standing

Board of Directors

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Linda L. Barker

CEO & Founder


Ronita Bonner


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Renna Thomas


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Beulah Horton-Jordan

Vice President




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Shirley Wilson

Advisory Board Member


Cheryl Walters


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Constance Barker

Advisory Board Member


Betty Atlas Wilson

Advisory Board Members


Sonya Davis


Our Purpose

S.O.T.H. purpose is to help individuals of underserved populations who desire to make a change in their lives, by providing services that move them in the direction of self development, empowerment, and healing.

Our Goal

Our Goal is to reintergrate individuals and families back into society with integrity, positive self-esteem and know-how and to teach them how to overcome obstacles which may contribute to a state of impoverishment.

What We Do

Sista's of the Hood

is a tax-exempt not-for-profit resource program that serves our undeserved in Illinois. In existence since 1998, we began initially to help families of incarcerated individuals. Sista's of the Hood has since grown into an organization that uses a holistic approach to support and provide services and workshops to various populations within the Austin Community and the Greater Chicago land area.

Victims of Domestic-Violence and Homelessness 

The program would address and service families of both domestic-violence and homelessness victims by utilizing our work-shops on life skills and support programs for both the victims and the children thereby creating normality and self-worth while reconnecting participants to independent living. 

Senior Outreach Programs 

Our goal is to obtain and expand our senior out reach program. By linking the seniors with their areas of expertise thereby creating both expansion for programs and the utilization of the seniors experiences, Our goal is to create self- sufficiency for the seniors involved in the program which would create longevity for seniors by utilizing their experiences and expanding their present skills. 


We conduct the following workshops:

  • Life Skills: It's All About You (8 weeks)

  • Financial Literacy: Your Money Matters (6 weeks)

  • Anger Management: Managing Your Anger and Assessment (4 weeks)

Who We Are

SOTH believes that life's struggles are less difficult when an individual has a supportive team that encourages and bridges resources that will offer increased rates of success.


When we come together collectively we can make an impact on our present situation that will create such a positive impact on the lives and families of the participant as well as bring some solidarity to our community.

SOTH supports women in shelters by providing them with resources that will foster successful steps towards recovery and regular society. We provide seniors with services that will help them retain a high quality of life. For individuals in transiton, we provide a host of workshops and services that will prepare that individual for a more stable environment and job. We aim to create solid habits through our partnerships that will decrease recidivism.  

"We give you tools and information that will lead you in the direction of self sufficiency!"

Our passion of giving back by providing a helping hand

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 I am Linda L. Barker


  Founder and CEO of this POWERFUL Team of Individuals 

Sistas of the Hood


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SOTH -Bringing all programs together under one umbrella that would assist in  the creation and redevelopment of cohesiveness within our community. By creating employable opportunities within the community that would create healthier lifestyles in family structure thereby creating revenue and safety within the community




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National Alliance of the Formerly Incarcerated
Saving Our Sons
Ashunti's Residential Managment Services
RMS (Residential Managment Services)
15th District Sub-Committee Domestic Violence
My Brothers Keeper International

We Embrace You With Open Arms To Assist You!

  • Ex-Offenders
  • Life Skills
  • Women of Domestic Violence
  • Work-force Development
  • Seasoned Citizens Advocacy
  • 1st Time Home Buyers Seminar
  • Your MoneyMatters
  • Credit Repair

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Faith Confessions


Prayer 1


When you speak this with the Authority you are given by Our Lord You take on ownership of its existence.


In Jesus’s Name, every morning when we arise, we expect divine favor to go before us and surround us as with a shield of Goodwill and pleasures forevermore.


Doors are now open for us that men say were impossible to open.


No obstacle can stop us, no hindrance can delay us.

In Jesus Name we are honored by our father as we receive genuine Favor that comes directly from Him. We are special to him; we are the object of his affection.


We are blessed and highly favored of the Lord, in Jesus name.


Amen- Amen- Amen.

Prayer 2


In name of Jesus we decree from this day forward, we see ourselves the way God sees us.


We are highly favored of the Lord.


We are crowned with glory and honor. We are the righteousness of God in Christ and reigning as kings and queens in this life through the one Lord our Saviors

In Jesus name we declare by our faith that we walk in divine favor.


We have preferential treatment. Supernatural increased assets, great victories, recognition, and prominence.


Petitions granted policies and rules changed and battles won we do not have to fight, all because of the blessings and Favor of God on our lives.


This is our Decree by our faith it shall be.


Amen- Amen- Amen